Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
 

Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

Did you know?

Women are more prone to liver damage from drinking alcohol than men.

What is alcohol-induced liver disease?

Alcohol-induced liver disease, as the name implies, is caused by excessive consumption of alcohol and is a common, but preventable, disease.

There are three primary types of alcohol-induced liver disease, including the following:

What are the symptoms of alcohol-induced liver disease?

The effects of alcohol on the liver depend on how much and how long a person has been drinking alcohol. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. The following are the most common symptoms and signs of alcohol-induced liver disease:

The symptoms of alcohol-induced liver disease may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

How is alcohol-induced liver disease diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for alcohol-induced liver disease may include the following:

What is the treatment for alcohol-induced liver disease?

Specific treatment for alcohol-induced liver disease will be determined by your physician based on:

The goal of treatment is to restore some or all normal functioning to the liver. Treatment usually begins with abstinence from alcohol. The liver has great restorative power and is often able to repair some of the damage caused by alcohol. The scarring from cirrhosis is not reversible, and when liver tissue loss is severe enough to cause liver failure, most of the damage may be irreversible. In some cases, liver transplant may be considered.

Click here to view the
Online Resources of Liver, Biliary, & Pancreatic Disorders

 

Top of Page return to top of page